NHK showed Mashiki town hall in the dark, apparently having lost power. Footage also showed rubble on the road, shards of glass from broken windows, and fire breaking out in some places, with firefighters battling a blaze.
Kasumi Nakamura, an official in the village of Nishihara near the epicenter, said that the quake started modestly and grew violent, lasting about 30 seconds.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake’s preliminary magnitude was 6.2 and it was 14 miles deep. It said there’s a low likelihood of casualties but damage is possible.
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sources: NHK, jma.go.jp, Fox News, Associated Press,